The RFP is based on input from the state attorney general’s office and the Georgia Department of Administrative Services.
Under the medical cannabis legislation, businesses granted Class 1 licenses will be able to grow marijuana in up to 100,000 square feet of space. Class 2 licensees will be limited to no more than 50,000 square feet.
Starting the licensing process is a major step forward for a program that has been slow to get off the ground since the General Assembly passed legislation in April of last year legalizing the cultivation of marijuana in Georgia, conversion of the leaf into cannabis oil and the sale of the drug to eligible patients.
Georgia’s now taking proposals from companies that are seeking state licenses to grow cannabis and manufacture a liquid medical marijuana from it.
At a Monday night meeting, the commission board approved dozens of pages documents explaining what they want out of large and small license applicants, as well as forms for applicants to fill out.
There’s no deadline for a distribution system to be set up and Turnage said he’s not yet able to estimate when the rule-making process might be finished.